Is it best to be with an agency

Is it best to be with an agency

11 posts
6 Nov 2012
I was wondering as im sure there is alot of freelance models out there.. Is it best to be with an agency. I am asking because i generally just want to hear peoples opinions.. Iv never tried for an agency and thinking of giving it ago as most photographers only work with agency represented models.

Posted 6 Nov 2012
darrenbrade
Photographer
darrenbrade
In general, yes.

From a photographer's perspective dealing with an agency represented model means they have been vetted and are more likely to be reliable. If the model turns out to be unreliable, the agency provides another.

Obviously there are reliable freelancers, this is just a generalisation.

Posted 6 Nov 2012
mgphotomedia
Photographer
mgphotomedia
Unless they're listed here then it's unlikely the agency will be of much benefit to you:

http://whoistesting.com/blog_article.php?blogID=15
Posted 6 Nov 2012
Edited by mgphotomedia 6 Nov 2012
Gerry99111
Photographer
Gerry99111
Any photographer on here is able to book models themselves - so to remain competative, you need to be able to market youirself independant from the agency unless you want to take a cut in your income to keep your rate plus fees similar to what people are prepared to pay on here.

If you are getting so many work offers coming in that you need someone to filter them, then an agency may be of more use.

If most of your work is / can come via commercial organisations, you are then in a minority and an agency may well help.

Posted 6 Nov 2012
stolenfaces
Photographer
stolenfaces
Most agency models are still freelance.
The agency merely offers/arranges work and takes a commission.

Posted 6 Nov 2012
Rawandthecooked
Photographer
Rawandthecoo..
No, not really, for reasons stated above!

Posted 9 Nov 2012
I have been freelance and signed and can honestly say the reason I went back to freelance is I get more work that way!! Agencies only get you work when your look suits the casting/job more than the other girls on their registers, so for this reason work is few and far between. If you work hard enough you can get tons more work freelance, AND you have to pay no one commission x
Posted 9 Nov 2012
I was more than content with freelancing til I signed with my agency in Newcastle (Tyne Tees), then I realised how utterly stingy photographers can be. Since leaving my agency in London (i am hoping to sign with another one soon), i've dropped my rates again, but realistically if you have fashion stats, plus or straight size, an agency is probably the best way to earn if you find the right one for you.

Posted 9 Nov 2012
I find it much better for me to be freelance. I was with an agency for a bit but they never found me any decent work.

Posted 9 Nov 2012
Both. I have agents for both Acting and Modelling but I source 90percent of my own work. It all depends what you want to do, agencies have access to castings you would never have access to on your own. If you get a lot of your paid work working with photographers on sites like this it is probably irrelevant. But if you want to get more work in publications, fittings and events etc its worth having an agent.

Good luck x

Posted 11 Nov 2012
Also when photographers ask for 'agency' models it is usually because they are looking for a very specific look that only top agencies would have (eg tall and very slim)

Posted 11 Nov 2012
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